New York Jets

Not by The Numbers, Episode 1 – Tim Tebow on Broadway

Not By the Numbers
Episode 1 – Tim Tebow on Broadway

Mark Sanchez is facing the most important 3-4 week stretch of his life. These are the things that make sport the ultimate reality TV. If it’s week 4 of the season and the Jets are sitting 1-3 or 0-4, Tim Tebow will be the starter of the New York Jets. One thing Denver fans learned first and slowly most of the rest of the NFL world (except a handful of self-proclaimed experts or insiders) is that it’s better to watch Tim Tebow lose more than anyone else on the planet and especially ones the caliber of Mark Sanchez.

What happened in Denver is they found that Tim Tebow can actually win games and do it while defying critics. How great is it for us as fans get to see a guy who has worked harder at his craft then anyone has at any endeavor since DaVinci, and do it in the face of people telling you that you’re not a quarterback. We get to see it unfold and you can almost feel the next wave of “TEBOW” by the New York Jet faithful. It’s unavoidable.

The Jets are the winners here either way. Mark Sanchez plays lights out and they make a nice playoff run, or what’s most likely to happen at this point, is Tebow takes over a mediocre offense and actually makes it better. Even if Tebow fails, the Jets win, the NFL is a sport where a top 3 pick in the draft is a winning season.

As football fans, it’s still better to watch Tebow lose than anyone else be mediocre, and that’s the crux of the Tebow sensation. The Broncos parlayed Tim Tebow into Peyton Manning and the Jets will either win with NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow or they will do the same and parlay Tebow into a better quarterback. It’s also been learned that fans will fall in love with Tim Tebow if he wins so you’d better replace him with a 4 time MVP, first ticket hall of famer like Manning or they’ll revolt and turn against their leadership and lots of people will be looking for front office work elsewhere.

In the case that Tim Tebow loses prolifically, then how would Matt Barkley look in a Jets uniform for the next 12 years? Essentially you’d upgrade USC quarterbacks until you got it right. This is a brilliant move and ensures that no matter how the games play out, the Jets will have a successful season, every now and then some sports franchises get it right on the business end of things.

Why any team without a top flight leader and winner at the quarterback position didn’t grab Tebow while they could is the real mystery in this sports-u-drama? There should be at least 15 owners that are telling someone to go get this guy before it’s too expensive. Not only is Tim Tebow a winner in every sense of the word but he is a winner for your franchise no matter what he does. While we all eagerly anticipate the start of the NFL season, a lot of people are eagerly awaiting the next wave of Tim Tebow, and this time it’s on Broadway.

Not By the Numbers is a daily column written by Sean Kelly about the topics we have an emotional connection with in sport.


5/17 Episode of Poor Man’s PTI: Gone Too Far

Ryan and Vin discuss the NBA playoffs, Pacquiao’s anti-gay (marriage) comments, Tim Tebow going too damn far, and Vin makes the worst prediction ever on the Heat-Pacers game 3.

Don’t forget the new Poor Man’s PTI drunk dial / sports rant voicemail box (aka The Ben Blur line) at 415-236-2587. (Hint: Add it to your contact list.)

You can download this week’s podcast directly (running time 90 mins) or subscribe to the feed.

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This week’s topics include:

  • Celtics-Sixers / Pacers-Heat
  • Manny Pacquiao misquoted on gays / has lots of gay friends
  • Lawrence Taylor is poor and sad
  • Jonatham Vilma sues Goodell for defamation
  • Tim Tebow thinks he owns the trademark on Jesus
  • Not news: Raider arrested
  • Around MLB / Division series goes 2-3

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NFL General

NFL Power Rankings Week 14

Every week it feels like we’re getting a little closer to truly discovering which teams are for real, and which ones are slowly falling apart.

We still don’t know what’s going on in New Orleans, and quite frankly, it’s possible we never will.

We have no idea what to make of the AFC East. We know the Jets, Patriots, and Dolphins are good, but how good? And more importantly, are any of those teams great?

The Patriots are the team that is supposed to win the division, a favorite to hold home-field advantage, and a good bet to reach the Super Bowl. Even without Tom Brady, a trophy-less end to their season will leave every head in the house hanging.

The Jets don’t have it much better. The anointed one, Brett Favre, was landed in a block buster trade, and is supposed to save the day. The same can be said for Jets’ management and their other pricey off-season additions. At 8-5, they’ve already made huge strides, but what would a collapse do to this team? And would reaching the playoffs, only to lose in the AFC championship game, somehow be worse?

Then you have Miami, a former winless season candidate, with seemingly no chance of being in this equation at the beginning of the season, yet here they are. Some Miami fan who dropped 10 grand on them reaching the playoffs is trying his damndest to not wet his pants in his parents basement, while he kicks his ankles together in his race car bed. Yeah, it’s that serious.

When you’ve got big names, big contracts, and big expectations, the worst fear in the back of your mind (If you’re the Jets or Patriots) is not losing-it’s the Miami Dolphins.

These Dolphins are not your dad’s Dolphins. They couldn’t have done what they’re doing with Jason Taylor or Zach Thomas, or heck, even Dan Marino.

This is the no-name squad, the relentless bastards that won’t go away even if you waive a million dollar check in their face. No sir, they’re here to stay. Well, at least until the final game of the season, when the Jets beat them 31-10.

Like usual, until the season ends and we see our collection of 12 teams who DO have a chance at completing this puzzle, it will remain a guessing game. One that, for now, I will step away from.

Here’s a look at this week’s power rankings:

NFL General

2008 NFL Power Rankings Week 12

Oh, how the might have fallen. With the undefeated Titans joining the Giants as the only teams with one loss, they fall to second this week, as the Giants prove once again that they just might be the team to beat.

However, if the Jets can do this much damage to the previously assumed “best” team in the league, what does that mean for them? And more importantly, what does this mean for the rest of the league?

As much as I hate to say it, my guess is it means nothing. Not right now, anyways.

Sure, Brett Favre is playing good football, the Jets are solid on both side of the ball, and the Giants and Titans both can clearly be had. But that doesn’t mean the Browns are headed for a turn around, or that the Packers are going to the post-season, simply because they took Tennessee to over time.

In fact, their embarrassing loss to the Saints this Monday night showed us they’re not quite ready for playoffs without Favre, and they’re likely headed to a finish no better than 9-7.

So, then, what do we know? Again, I firmly stand on the guessing game plateau, shouting to the top of lungs; Nothing!

Until the Jets have more than a one game lead in their division, or anyone other than the Giants truly scares me in the NFC, we’re still looking at a Tennessee vs. New York title game. Well, probably.

That doesn’t mean a little Favre magic can’t mix things up in the playoffs though, does it?

NFL General

Any way you look at it- Favre is one of a kind

We all know who Brett Favre is, what he represents, what team he’ll really be remembered by, and everything that has to do with this summer-long saga that has, for the time being, been put to rest.

But what you don’t know is that Brett Favre is not Joe Montana. Not because he didn’t win three additional Super Bowls or didn’t have Jerry Rice, but because he, at 38, still has it.

Brett is not Dan Marino. Not because he’s better in every meaningful statistical category after passing Marino, and not because he actually won a Super Bowl, but because nearing the end of his career, he isn’t playing with hobbled ankles.

Our beloved number four is not John Elway. Not because the odds are against him to go out on top winning a championship, let alone two in a row, but because he isn’t limping into the 2008 season, and he doesn’t look like he’s 50 when he’s only pushing 40.

Brett Favre is Brett Favre, and there has been no one like him, and undoubtedly we will never see anyone like him again. And because of that, I will explain to you why Favre and the Jets will shock us all.

General Sports

Manny (Brett- and Chichester) being Manny (Brett- and Chichester)

By Ryan P. McGowan

They say celebrities always die in threes, such as my personal favorite celeb death trio: Jacques Cousteau, Jimmy Stewart, and Gianni Versace in June/July 1997.   And since Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes died within one day of each other, if you’re an overweight, middle-aged black comedian, I’d make sure you are within an arms’ reach of a defibrillator over the next few days.

Apparently, celebrities get overexposed in the media in threes as well.  Like George Costanza in velvet, I have ensconced myself in wall-to-wall coverage of Manny Ramirez, Brett Favre, and “Clark Rockefeller” over the past couple of weeks.

Seattle Supersonics

An Open Letter to Sonics Fans

By Scott Gilmour

Dear Seattle;

First off, we would like to officially welcome you to our hell. You see, our city is a charter member of that small fraternity of places that know what it’s like to lose their team. Actually, let us rephrase that: have their team ripped away from them under the watchful eye of a short, New York-living commissioner with a law degree. More than that, we felt that we should pull you aside for a man-to-man, city-to-city talk. The kind of talk that almost certainly has to take place in an old bar over a tall pint of beer.

New York Jets

Five telltale signs that your NFL team sucks this year

As a Jet fan, I’ve been through enough down seasons to recognize certain enduring characteristics of losing, echoing through the smelly, lonely halls of defeat. I present my data. Feel free to compare and contrast your experiences:

New York Jets

Season To Remember

The New York Jets team has come a long way, since earning the right to have one of the highest picks in the draft. This is season was one that was truly special.

NFL General

The Road to Super Bowl XLI: In-Depth Analysis

By David J. Cohen

The playoffs have a different feel this year than in recent years. In those years there were clearly defined contenders and pretenders for the championship. However, this year the playoffs seem truly wide open. This year the playoffs are centered on three inexperienced quarterbacks: Tony Romo of the Cowboys, Rex Grossman of the Bears, and Philip Rivers of the Chargers. If they can rise to the occasion their teams will make the runs expected of them. If they falter, proven veterans will seize the day.

The NFC is the perfect example of what parity has done to the league. It has made teams competitive which have been awful the year before. With parity, you can go through Hurricane Katrina one year and earn a bye the next. Parity has also made mediocrity a premium. The 8-8 Giants are in the playoffs, and teams like Green Bay were still in it going into the last week of the regular season. The playoff picture in the NFC is murky, with no clear cut choice. With that said, here is how it should play out.